Wrist Pain

ExitCare ImageWrist injuries are frequent in adults and children. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments that hold your bones together. A strain is an injury to muscle or muscle cord-like structures (tendons) from stretching or pulling. Generally, when wrists are moderately tender to touch following a fall or injury, a break in the bone (fracture) may be present. Most wrist sprains or strains are better in 3 to 5 days, but complete healing may take several weeks.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day, for the first 2 days.

  • Keep your arm raised above the level of your heart whenever possible to reduce swelling and pain.

  • Rest the injured area for at least 48 hours or as directed by your caregiver.

  • If a splint or elastic bandage has been applied, use it for as long as directed by your caregiver or until seen by a caregiver for a follow-up exam.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments. You may need to follow up with a specialist or have follow-up X-rays. Improvement in pain level is not a guarantee that you did not fracture a bone in your wrist. The only way to determine whether or not you have a broken bone is by X-ray.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your fingers are swollen, very red, white, or cold and blue.

  • Your fingers are numb or tingling.

  • You have increasing pain.

  • You have difficulty moving your fingers.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.